Toitū te Waiora Community, Health, Education and Social Services WDC

Toitū te Waiora Community, Health, Education and Social Services WDC

Last updated 29 September 2021
Last updated 29 September 2021

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Toitū te Waiora Workforce Development Council welcomes Donovan Clarke, inaugural Chief Executive

High level summary of industries represented:

Health care and health services (incl. mental health and addiction), public order and safety services, education, child and aged care, social services, skin therapies and nail technology, funeral, crematorium and cemetery services, urban pest control, health and safety, regulatory services, educational support services, residential care services, child care services, disability services.

TITOS currently carrying out functions that will transition to the WDC are Careerforce, The Skills Organisation and education and childcare qualifications developed by NZQA.

WDC council members 

David Waters – Co-Chair

David Waters is the Chief Executive of Ambulance New Zealand and the Chief Executive of Ambulance Authorities, the peak body for ambulance services in New Zealand and Australia. He has previously held a number of senior roles in the health and public sectors. He was previously chair of the interim Establishment Board for the Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council.

Mr Waters holds a number of governance positions in the health sector in New Zealand and Australia including chair of the Aeromedical Society of Australasia, and chair of advisory committees for both Weltec and Auckland University of Technology. He is also a director of the Australian Stroke Alliance, QA Health Ltd, the Global Resuscitation Alliance, the Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance and Presbyterian Support – Central Region Building committee.

Winifred (Wini) Geddes - Co-Chair

Winifred (Wini) Geddes, Ngāti Awa, Ngaitai ki Tōrere, Ngāpuhi, is a director of Tāne Mahuta Aotearoa NZ Ltd, a whānau-owned company envisioned to train, qualify and employ rangatahi to work on their own whenua. With the Kaupapa Māori LWYE™ Learn While You Earn industry-based training model, the tauira (cadet) not only gain qualifications, operational and organisational skills leading to management, but also access to in-house Kaihautū Pastoral Care service, health advocacy and a Drug Testing and Rehabilitation Unit (DTRU) for the workplace. Visit website. She is also director of Tū Ora (NZ) Ltd, which operates whare-māire providing bi-cultural clinical health services, psycho-social advocacy. DTRU and training in the caring professions.

Ms Geddes holds a number of governance positions including two Workforce Development Councils, a Mataatua District Māori Council delegate to the NZ Māori Council, Chair of the Whakatāne Māori Committee, President of Pūtauaki Māori Women’s Welfare League and Trustee to Iritana Hoāni Nuku Ahu Whenua Trust. In an advisory and support role, Wini has recently accepted firstly, the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (RNC) – a rural research programme that supports outreach to policy and practice leadership that enables resilient outcomes for rural Aotearoa; developing an integrated framework for assessing resilience to natural hazards in consideration of climate change, environmental recovery, rural value chain impacts, intervention tools/resources and marae resilience. Secondly, not only as a Massey University Master of Science student, but also supporter of Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa, an EQC funded centre for Mātauranga Māori Research Excellence encouraging innovative research across science and social disciplines, building Māori research workforce capability in the fields of earth science, hazards, emergency management, disaster risk reduction governance, recovery and resilience.

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Dr Garth Bennie

Dr Garth Bennie was the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Disability Support Network, the peak body for disability providers across New Zealand. He has been retained in a role as project manager for some workforce related projects. Dr Bennie was previously a District Manager for Special Education with the Ministry of Education and has also held a number of other senior roles focusing on the disability sector and special education. He gained his PhD in social work and social policy with a focus on disability studies.

Dr Bennie is currently a director of Careerforce, the industry training organisation for the health, wellbeing, social and community sectors and has previously held directorships with a number of other organisations focusing on the disability sector.

Glenn Barclay

Glenn Barclay has held executive level positions in a range of organisations including having been National Secretary of the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (PSA) and Executive Director of the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists (NZAOT, now Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa). His roles have included more than thirty years of working in unions and ensuring that collective employee voice is heard.

Mr Barclay has held a number of governance positions including being a board member of Workers’ Education Trust – Kaimahi Mātauranga and PSA Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi, a member of the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme Advisory Board, a lay member of the Ethics Committee, NZ Society of Physiotherapists, and chair of Thorndon School, Citykids Childcare Centre, and Awarua Childcare Centre.

Gwendoline (Gwen) Tepania-Palmer

Gwendoline (Gwen) Tepania-Palmer ONZM Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Paoa, is a long-time advocate of Māori health who has held numerous directorship and leadership positions across the health sector. She is currently on the board of Fire Emergency New Zealand, Waikato Lotteries Community Grants, Ngāti Hine Health Trust, a Māori Primary Healthcare Organisation based in Northland, and is chair of Kotui Hauora, a partnership board between Northern Iwi and the Northland DHB.

Ms Tepania-Palmer was previously on the Auckland District Health Board for nine years, including time spent as interim chair and deputy chair, and on the Waitematā District Health Board for nine years. She has also held governance roles with the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission, the Northland Community Lotteries Committee, and a number of charitable trusts.

Dr Maria Baker

Dr Maria Baker Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, is the Chief Executive Officer of Te Rau Ora, a kaupapa Māori organisation focused on strengthening Māori health and wellbeing. She gained her PhD in Māori Health and also holds a number of nursing and mental health qualifications. 

Dr Baker has worked in Māori health for more than 25 years and has previously held senior positions focusing on Māori Health Workforce Development and Māori mental health. She has experience working across a range of organisations including NGOs, Iwi, Māori organisations and district health boards.

Maria Ngawati

Maria Ngawati, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou has more than 20 years’ experience in Māori health and education including positions with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Unitec Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and AUT University. She has done extensive research and analysis in the nexus between Māori health and education and is currently completing professional doctorate study focusing on higher health education for Kura Kaupapa Māori students.

Ms Ngawati is a director of Te Pūtea Whakatupu, a philanthropic organisation legislated for the advancement of Māori education and training opportunities, is a member of Ngā Pou Mana - a Tangata Whenua Māori Health organisation, and is also a trustee and project manager for her marae, Te Rito.

Matthew Tukaki

Matthew Tukaki, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, is an experienced leader who is a champion for Māori health and social development. He is currently chair of a number of entities including the Ministerial Advisory Board at Oranga Tamariki, the National Māori Authority Ngā Rautahi O Aotearoa, Māori Spectrum Working Group, the Ministry of Health Māori Monitoring Group and the New Zealand Māori Council Auckland District.

Mr Tukaki is also the former Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia, CEO of one of the world’s largest and oldest employment companies, Drake International, and Chair of Deakin University CSaRO.

Mr Tukaki has also held a range of senior executive positions in Australia and New Zealand in companies focusing on recruitment, workforce development, media and marketing.

Sean McKinley

Sean McKinley has held chief executive positions in several organisations across health, education and social services including Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa -Playcentre Aotearoa, New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board, and New Zealand Psychological Society.

Mr McKinley is a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council. He also has experience on health sector boards, having been a ministerial appointee to the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and the Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board.

Tofilau Talalelei Taufale

Tofilau Talalelei Taufale is the Pacific Health Development Manager for the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, a position he has held for the past 10 years. Mr Taufale previously held senior roles at William Colenso College, where he was Senior Director of Curriculum and Hastings Boys High School where he was Dean of Pacific students and vocational studies. He is also a director of USO Bike Ride, an award winning not-for-profit organisation established to promote health and wellbeing for Pacifica through cycling.

Mr Taufale holds a number of governance positions including being a trustee of HB Youth Futures Trust and St Joseph’s Māori Girls College Trust board, co-chair for the National Bowel Screening Program Pacific National Network and the Pacific representative for the Central Region Workforce Development Hub.  He has also held advisory roles with the EIT Pasifika Education Reference Group and the Hawke’s Bay Ministry of Education Pasifika Reference Group.  He is also a highly regarded Pacific leader for the Hawke's Bay community.


Order in Council

The WDC Order in Council can be viewed here: Community, Health, Education and Social Services (Māori name had not been confirmed when OiC was submitted).